The John Wick franchise seems to be expanding as the fourth entry is slowly getting ready for production. Deadline has just revealed that IP Man‘s Donnie Yen has joined the production in an undisclosed role. His addition is a great sign that we’ll get a lot more hand-to-hand combat in the sequel. He will play an old friend of Keanu Reeves‘ John Wick who shares some of the same enemies. It looks like Wick will once again pull in some favors to survive the onslaught that awaits him in the upcoming sequel. Producer Basil Iwanyk shared his enthusiasm over Yen joining the franchise:
Donnie Yen will bring a vibrant and powerful energy to the franchise. We were determined to bring him on board to John Wick 4 and are thrilled for the opportunity to have such a major talent to collaborate with Keanu.
The film will be directed by Chad Stahelski and is based on a script by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch. It is currently eyeing a Summer production start. In general, the franchise is also starting to expand with an official spin-off series titled The Continental in development. We got our first look into its story when the first plot details found their way online around a month ago. It is still uncertain how far into pre-production the project currently is. Whatever the future may hold, we know there will be a lot more John Wick in our future.